Home Inspection Checklist  

Almost all home inspections are done in different ways and the process varies a lot with each state, county and city. Actually a home inspection primarily depends on the home inspector and the association he or she is a member of.

Normally any home inspector has to comply with the guidelines issued by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

According to this association, there are certain things that are being inspected by each inspector and there are few things that falls beyond the prerogative of home inspection. These include asbestos, radon, methane, radiation, formaldehyde, wood destroying organisms, mold, mildew and fungi, rodents, and lead.

A checklist for a general home inspection would include the following aspects:

  • Structural Components - Construction of foundation, walls, ceilings roof and floors.
  • Exterior Valuation - Any form of wall covering, landscaping, grading, trim, fascia, windows, drainage, sidewalks, elevation, doors, lights, and receptacles that are placed outside.
  • Plumbing - Includes toilets, showers, sinks, and faucets. Sewage system is not included. Home inspection would also check the material used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes.
  • Roof and Attic - Framing, ventilation, type of construction, gutter and flashing. The home inspection does not guarantee the condition of the roof.
  • Electrical - Types of wiring, grounding, chief panel, circuit breakers, exhaust fans, ceiling fans, light fitments and receptacles.
  • System and Components - Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fire place and sprinklers.
  • Garage - Walls, slabs, ceilings, vents, entry, firewall, garage doors, openers, lights, exterior windows, roof and receptacles.
  • Appliances - Dishwasher, gas range, oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal system, and smoke detectors.

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